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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Joe Abercrombie Narrator: John Keating Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2015 ISBN: 9781490624013
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New York Times bestselling author Joe Abercrombie’s thrilling new series continues in the follow-up to Half a King

Yarvi, second son of the feared King Uthrik and the ruthless Queen Laithlin of Gettland, was born with a useless hand, and cannot hold a shield, or make fast a knot, or pull an oar, or do any of the things expected from a man. Left an outcast, he’s surrendered his birthright and been given a woman’s place as apprentice to Mother Gundring, Gettland’s minister, training to be an adviser, diplomat, healer and translator. But when his father and brother are murdered by Grom-gil-Gorm, King of neighboring Vansterland, Yarvi is forced to take the black chair and become king himself, swear an oath of vengeance against the killers of his father, and lead a raid against the Vanstermen.

Betrayed, left for dead, and enslaved on a rotting trading galley, Yarvi will need all his minister’s wit and cunning to escape, and all his diplomacy and knowledge to keep a rag-tag band of other slaves together on a month long trek across the frozen wastes of the utmost north. Among them are Sumael, the ship’s single-minded navigator, Rulf, an ex-raider, Jaud, an ex-baker, and Nothing, a mad old man with a mysterious past and an almost magical skill with a sword. And their owner, the brutal Captain Shadikshirram, will be dogging their heels at every step. Father Peace may be the patron god of ministers, but to reclaim the black chair, Yarvi will have to strike a deal with Mother War, and once you’ve invited the mother of crows to be your guest, there can be no telling whose blood will be spilled.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Compelling…[Thorn] makes Katniss Everdeen look like Dorothy Gale.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • “An excellent page-turner…full of drama and energy.”

    New York Daily News

  • “Clever, exciting and unexpected.”

    SFF World

  • “[An] entertaining burst of battle, magic, and political machinations…a thoroughgoing blast, a violent, beautiful rabbit hole of craft that is well worth disappearing into.”

    Shelf Awareness

  • “Splendid…Abercrombie has a knack for building characters with pathos and wit.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “[With] narrator John Keating’s bright, lively voice…the main character, Thorn, stands out from her fellows as a fighting woman and queen’s champion. Keating gives her a distinct Suffolk accent—rounding the sound of ‘i’ into ‘oi’—which sets her apart. His depiction of political minister Father Yarvi sounds sly and smart, and unwilling warrior Brand is portrayed as good-natured and forthright. The queens and empresses come across as delicate yet powerful. This is a wonderful audiobook for listeners who enjoy a strong dose of politics with their fantasy, as in Game of Thrones.”


  • A 2016 Locus Award Finalist
  • A February 2015 LibraryReads Pick
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About the Author
Author Joe Abercrombie

Joe Abercrombie is the author of Red Country and the First Law trilogy: The Blade Itself, Before They Are Hanged, and Last Argument of Kings. He is a full-time writer and freelance film editor.

About the Narrator

John Keating is an actor, voice talent, and AudioFile Earphones Award–winning narrator. His numerous acting credits include Roundabout Theatre’s production of Juno and the Paycock and La Mama ETC’s production of Cat and the Moon, as well as various parts with the Irish Repertory Theater and the Irish Arts Center. He can also be seen in the HBO miniseries John Adams, starring Paul Giamatti and Laura Linney.